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Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev’s Unique Handshake, Hug at Net Shows Their Friendship

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev shared a unique handshake after the former won the US Open. (Photo Credit: AP)

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev shared a singular handshake after the previous received the US Open. (Photo Credit: AP)

US Open 2020: Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev shared a heat second on the web after the Austrian beat the German to his first Grand Slam title.

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  • Last Updated: September 14, 2020, 7:06 AM IST


It was a historic event for each of them! Whoever out of Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev would have received the US Open 2020, he would have made historical past. It ended up being Thiem. The Austrian not solely received his first Grand Slam title, he did it from two units down and grew to become the primary man after 71 years and first in Open Era to finish that form of comeback at Flushing Meadows.

It was a cagey affair all through with each Thiem and Zverev feeling the nerves of the large stage. The world No. 3 Thiem was the favorite forward of the ultimate however he appeared to have blown his probability when Zverev went two units up. Zverev got here out firing within the remaining whereas Thiem was the one misfiring and similar to that, the German was only a set away from his first Grand Slam title. It was, nonetheless, to not be.

Thiem roared again, slowly and steadily discovered his vary and rhythm again and by the top, was discovering these huge forehands and beautiful backhands. However, it wasn’t that straightforward. Zverev was serving for the championship within the deciding set however was damaged again. Then Thiem was serving for the title and he was damaged again too. Thiem then had two championship factors on his racquets however blew it and it wanted a 3rd one for him to understand his dream.

When the 2 then met on the web, each exhausted and drained however feeling fully reverse feelings, they exchanged a singular shakehand. Then Zverev hugged Thiem, exchanging phrases, to place their friendship in full show.

Afterwards when the 2 sat on the bench ready for the presentation ceremony, they’d the appears polar reverse. Zverev sat solemn, unable to imagine that he blew that golden probability away whereas Thiem sat on his bench smiling and laughing, unable to imagine that he had lastly received a Grand Slam title.

At the presentation ceremony, as they each addressed one another, their camaraderie was there for everybody to see. While Zverev selected to battle his tears and make slightly joke about how he wished Thiem would have missed extra, Thiem remembered how their friendship started and selected to reveal his coronary heart out.

“First of all I want to congratulate Dominic on the first of many Grand Slam titles. I think this is not the only one. It was a tough battle and I wish you would have missed a bit more so I could have held that trophy up but here I am giving the runners-up speech,” Zverev mentioned earlier than he broke down in tears talking about his dad and mom.

Thiem made Zverev keep in mind what he had informed him within the Madrid Open remaining in 2018, when the German received in straight units, and mentioned, “I tell you the same here today.” Thiem mentioned he wished there might be two winners.

“We began to know one another again in 2014. I feel we have been each ranked someplace near 100 or one thing, and there developed straightaway nice friendship. And then 2016 I feel our nice rivalry began once more and we made nice issues occur on the court docket in addition to off the court docket. It’s superb how far our journey progressed collectively to share this second with you. Really I want we might have two winners at this time, I feel we deserved it.

“But keep in mind after we performed Madrid finals, you informed me I’m gonna make it, I’m gonna win this title, and I inform you an identical right here at this time. You’re gonna make it 100 %, you are gonna make your dad and mom proud, you household proud, all at house,” Thiem expressed.

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